Go Higher West Yorkshire – St Agnes Parents Group

Sometimes it is as simple as a conversation, with the right person, that sparks an idea and starts to build a strong relationship. In June 2017 the Outreach Officer for Leeds College of Building and the Area Manager for Leeds Go Higher West Yorkshire met with the Reverend of St Agnes church, Burmantofts, Leeds.

Since that date, and with the additional support of the Go Higher West Yorkshire (GHWY) officers from Leeds City College, Kirklees College and the University of Leeds, a parents group has formed. Workshops are delivered to around 30 parents and carers each time (and sometimes young people too)! The workshops are tailored to the groups’ needs and vary in topics including apprenticeships, futures in health, what are the different routes and options in Higher Education. All workshops involve the opportunity to meet current students, and students that reflect the young people from Burmantofts.

Go Higher West Yorkshire are led by the University of Leeds and host to the GHWY central team. GHWY are formally recognised by Office for Students as the Single Point of Contact (SPOC) for all 11-18 schools in West Yorkshire, as well as primary schools and businesses.

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Myth Busting the House Party

My top tip to any student thinking of holding a house party is to think carefully whether you are likely to cause any offence or nuisance to those living around you- remember loud music can travel some distance and will affect more than your immediate neighbours.   

I’ve heard many DIY solutions that students have tried in the past to try and prevent the noise from the DJ’s and professional sound systems being heard. No amount of cardboard or mattresses pressed against windows will prevent your neighbours from hearing exactly what is going on! Especially if your guest list extends to 100+ people who will be in and out of your property and causing a disturbance as they make their way home through the neighbourhood in the early hours. And of course, I wouldn’t have this knowledge if it wasn’t for the University receiving numerous complaints about noise and having to speak to the students involved.

Here are a few more common misconceptions about house parties that I have come across.

1. The noise has to exceed a certain decibel level for action to be taken. NOT TRUE! A sound meter isn’t even used. The University and Leeds Antisocial Behaviour Team make an assessment based on who your neighbours are and how noise is impacts on the wellbeing of your neighbours.

2. Action can only be taken over noise that happens at night.  NOT TRUE! Noise is more of a problem for people after 11pm but action can be taken for noise at any time. Even at low levels if you have a neighbour that is more sensitive to noise, such as an elderly neighbour.

3. If I can hear the noise, investigators can take action. TRUE! If the noise is audible outside of your house, there is a good chance it’s loud enough to cause a problem for your neighbours.  Turn the volume down!

4. Having Bouncers will limit the number of people crashing your party and prevent problems with your neighbours. NOT TRUE! Bouncers are more likely to scare off your neighbours when they call around to let you know there is a problem.  Being able to speak to your neighbours direct about any issues as they arise is a far better way of dealing and resolving disputes. Disciplinary and enforcement action is a far worse consequence of making a mistake than having to apologise to the people living next door.

5. If you create excessive noise you are breaking the law. TRUE! Leeds Antisocial Behaviour Team can take enforcement action that includes the confiscation of equipment, house closure notices, fines and a criminal conviction.

6. If I let my neighbours know that I’m having a party then no action can be taken. NOT TRUE! I would always advise that you speak with your neighbours in advance of having your friends over and share your contact details. However, residential streets are no place for a party that continues past midnight and has over 30 guests at any time!  Your neighbours are still likely to make a complaint if your event is too big, too loud and goes on too late.

7. Its my birthday, a one off party isn’t going to hurt anyone. NOT TRUE! If every student has a house party for their birthday then that means  a lot of parties and a lot of lost sleep! Take your celebrations in to town or book a venue to hold your party.

8. Hyde Park is a student area, its okay to have house parties. NOT TRUE! Hyde Park is home to many different residents. No street is completely student only. We also receive as many complaint from students as other residents about house parties!

9. I moved into a property next to a noisy neighbour so I guess I have to put up with it. NOT TRUE! Let us know if you are experiencing a problem through our Helpline. You may not be the only person affected by the noise!

10. I can’t have my friends over at any time as my neighbours will complaint. NOT TRUE! No one is likely to object to your having your friends over if you do so in a reasonable way. Would you really like to live next door to a party animal if you had to be up for work or lectures at 9am?

For information on the University’s procedures in handling off-campus issues see my earlier Blog for details on the joint action being taken by the Council and Police to tackle noisy parties.

Positive Impact Partners

Positive Impact Partners (PIP) is the University’s flagship programme designed to increase collaboration with the Third Sector, build capacity and positively contribute to our local communities.

Through PIP we connect local Third Sector organisations together with staff at the University to create new collaborative partnerships, designed to bring mutual benefit. Our programme benefits our PIP partners, the University, Third Sector organisations and in making a positive impact on society.

PIP has matched local charitable and social benefit organisations with staff who can provide advice on a range of professional and business skills, as well as knowledge on a wide variety of academic disciplines. In addition, PIP has created University research and curriculum projects and offered volunteering, internship and research opportunities for our staff and students. The diverse skill set available at the University has enabled Third Sector organisations to succeed where they have been previously struggling and helped build capacity in the city to deal with societal issues.

The PIP offer to staff and Third Sector partners is formed through the programme based on the objectives developed by partners with our support through the PIP induction workshops.  This could involve a combination of networking opportunities, workshops on a particular area of expertise, one to one expertise and support or the creation of new collaborative partnerships to deliver new mutually beneficial projects.  Ultimately, PIP is about the creation of organisational and personal development opportunities for everyone involved! 


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Transport Equity in Developing Countries

ITS Research Seminar “Urban Mobility Challenges in Developing Countries: The Case of Latin America”, which takes place on 23rd June 2016 from 12:00 to 13:00. Each session will have an opening talk by the guest presenter, followed by contributions by ITS researchers.

Workshop Day 1: Urban transport challenges in the Global South

Friday, 24/06/2016, 15.30-17.30

Business School Maurice Keyworth SR (1.05)

Current mobility conditions in Latin American cities Dr Eduardo A. Vasconcellos Key data on current mobility conditions – private and public transport means, financial and institutional characteristics, individual mobility conditions (mode used, cost, travel time, safety, comfort, accessibility), mobility consumptions (time, space, energy) and who generates and who endures the impacts of negative externalities (road safety, emissions and congestion).

The current political crisis in Brazil – a bifurcation point for the future of urban transport Dr Paul Timms

MARS modelling for Jakarta Metropolitan Area Dr Chandra Balijepalli

Perspectives on gender-equitable urban mobility in Africa Jeff Turner

Workshop Day 2: Equity, justice and transport

Monday, 27/06/2016, 15.30-17.30

Business School Maurice Keyworth SR (1.32)

A socio-political approach for analysing urban mobility Dr Eduardo A. Vasconcellos Methodology to analyse urban mobility, combining technical, social, political and economic characteristics that helped to engender the high level of inequity and inefficiency observed in Latin American urban areas.

Need, mobility poverty, and environmental justice Dr Caroline Mullen

Accessibility analysis for transport equity Dr Ian Philips 

Workshop Day 3: Perspectives for transport and society

Tuesday, 28/06/2016, 15.30-17.30

Business School Maurice Keyworth SR (1.32)

Towards an efficient and equitable mobility Dr Eduardo A. Vasconcellos The existing political and economic barriers to the complex changes in the urban mobility patterns. It explores what could be proposed or implemented to improve the level of equity and efficiency on people’s mobility.

Closing debate

Dr Eduardo A. Vasconcellos (ANTP)

Dr Sara Gonzalez (School of Geography)

Moderation: Professor Karen Lucas (Institute for Transport Studies)

Booking

All sessions are free and open to the general public. You can attend all three sessions or just the sessions of your interest.

If you have questions or are planning to attend, please inform to the following emails for catering purposes: Thiago Guimarães tstger(at)leeds.ac.uk or Alvaro Guzmants09ang(at)leeds.ac.uk.